11-18-2017  7:57 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

African-American women shopping at a dispensary
By Bernie Foster | The Skanner News

Last year, when Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana, our state made history. Now we have new and exciting business opportunities and challenges.

Oregon has to build a fair, safe and ethical marijuana business from scratch. From seed to plant— or to plate, in the case of pot brownies.

There are no tried and tested models. This is new. We need to get it right. And it must benefit all of Oregon’s diverse communities.

Oregon’s new recreational marijuana industry brings opportunities for ownership as well as for employment. There are opportunities to invest, to start up a company and yes even make profits.

That’s why licenses to grow and sell marijuana must be shared widely so they benefit all of Oregon’s diverse communities. We can’t just let out-of-state corporations push out our local, small, women and minority entrepreneurs. Business as usual will not work. 

These are not fishing licenses, folks. These are like radio and television operators’ licenses — like our airwaves — exclusive and valuable. 

Marijuana businesses are going to be heavily regulated. They will need to spend money on security, high-quality equipment, buildings and insurance. That will take more than a few George Washingtons.

Communities of color face barriers to building wealth, mostly because we’ve been denied it from birth. Our communities are full of people with energy, enterprise and vision. But too often, they simply lack the capital to meet licensing requirements – alone, that is. 

Oregon should promote joint ventures that allow investors from all kinds of diverse communities to meet licensing requirements.

Are you on board, Gov. Kate Brown? 

Are you on board, OLCC?

Governor Brown: This is on your watch.  This is a great opportunity for all.

We’re supposed to be the trailblazers here. This is our chance to show how it’s done. Let’s rise to the occasion. 

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